WATCH: Janey Hicks of American Police Hall of Fame Takes Steve Wilson on Compelling Tour
By Steve Wilson // July 22, 2023
Janey Hicks, Chief Partnership Officer, gives tour to Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson
WATCH: Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson takes a tour of the American Police Hall of Fame Museum with Janey Hicks, Chief Partnership Officer. Visit the museum and explore a collection of historic and futuristic police cars. Or you can have your picture taken in a replica electric chair or behind the bars of a realistic prison cell. You can find out how law enforcement agencies do their forensic investigations and how crime scenes are analyzed. CLICK HERE for more information about the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, founded in 1960, is the nation’s first national law enforcement museum and memorial dedicated to officers killed in the line of duty and I have been there many times over the years.
But now, for the first time, I think I fully understand what it is all about as Janey Hicks, Chief Partnership Officer of the Police Hall of Fame and Museum, gave me a guided tour and explained in detail the various parts that make up this special facility.
As you walk in the front door, you immediately see police vehicles and motorcycles. In the center of the Museum is the Police Memorial. Hicks told me, “It is what I call the heartbeat of what we do.”
She continued, “It has the names of every officer across the United States that has been killed in the line of duty from 1960 until today. The crypt in the center of the Memorial represents all the names that are not on the walls prior to 1960.”
As you walk around the Museum you will see thousands of law enforcement artifacts from all over the country.
The Museum, through interactive displays, simulators and nearly 11,000 artifacts, educates the public about the history and current trends in American law enforcement. Students can learn about safety, science, forensics and so much more.
The Memorial lists over 10,300 officers who were killed in the line of duty. Their names are permanently etched on the Memorial’s walls. Names are added to the wall once a year prior to Law Enforcement Memorial Day.
Visit the museum and explore a collection of historic and futuristic police cars. Or you can have your picture taken in a replica electric chair or behind the bars of a realistic prison cell. You can find out how law enforcement agencies do their forensic investigations and how crime scenes are analyzed.
You can help in this vital work by visiting the museum, donating, spreading the word or just thanking your local law enforcement agency and officers.
CLICK HERE for more information about the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018 and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.